LAS VEGAS, Nevada ??вЂќ Two time Olympian and Stowe, Vermont native Chip Knight, defending World Cup and world champion Bode Miller, and three-event star Daron Rahlves are part of a 19-member U.S. Olympic Alpine Team nominated Wednesday, subject to approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The Ski Team was announced at the SIA.06 Snowsports trade show in Las Vegas.
Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, said the team would include nine men and 10 women. Fourteen of the athletes have been to previous Olympics and nine are three-time Olympians.
Chip Knight raced with the Mount Mansfield Ski Club in Stowe and became a World Cup skier who has competed in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics. Chip has been both a World Junior and U.S National Champion; he presently resides in Stowe. Miller, who skied to two silver medals at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, became the first American since 1983 to win the overall alpine World Cup title last season; he also was gold medallist in downhill and super G at the World Championships. Rahlves, the most successful U.S. male speed skier, has won 11 World Cup races, including three this season, and had two medals at the 2005 Worlds.
The 2006 Olympic Alpine Team (including age, hometown, previous Olympics)
Jimmy Cochran, 24, Keene, N.H.
Chip Knight, 31, Stowe, Vt. (1998, 2002 Olympics)
Ted Ligety, 21, Park City, Utah
Scott Macartney, 28, Redmond, Wash. (2002)
Bode Miller, 28, Bretton Woods, N.H. (1998, 2002)
Steve Nyman, 23, Orem, Utah
Daron Rahlves, 32, Sugar Bowl, Calif. (1998, 2002)
Erik Schlopy, 33, Park City, Utah (1994, 2002)
Marco Sullivan, 25, Squaw Valley, Calif. (2002)
Kirsten Clark, 28, Raymond, Maine (1998, 2002)
Stacey Cook, 21, Truckee, Calif.
Lindsey Kildow, 21, Vail, Colo. (2002)
Kristina Koznick, 30, Eagan, Minn. (1998, 2002)
Caroline Lalive, 26, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (1998, 2002)
Libby Ludlow, 24, Bellevue, Wash.
Julia Mancuso, 21, Olympic Valley, Calif. (2002)
Kaylin Richardson, 21, Edina, Minn.
Sarah Schleper, 26, Vail, Colo. (1998, 2002)
Resi Stiegler, 20, Jackson Hole, Wyo.